Hard Times By Charles Dickens

Hard Times By Charles Dickens

Sinopse

The shortest novel by far of Charles Dickens', Hard Times is also one of his most idea based works. In it, he launches a scathing attack on the prevailing fashion of believing in Utilitarianism, a philosophy that proposed the goal of society should be the greatest good for the greatest number of people. Dickens felt that such a philosophy saw people as mere statistics and not as individuals.The novel was published in serial form in his magazine Household Words. It is also the only novel where London is not featured. Set mainly in the fictional industrial town of Coketown, the book is divided into three sections Sowing, Reaping and Garnering.It tells the story of a wealthy, retired industrialist, Thomas Gradgrind. His two children are brought up according to strict Utilitarian principles and their teaching is completely devoid of imagination and compassion. When the elder Gradgrind takes in an orphan called Sissy, events are set to take a turn. The Gradgrind children are completely under their father's control. As they grow, the son becomes a dissolute wastrel, while the daughter is compelled to marry a man thirty years her senior. How the Gradgrinds resolve these issues and how they begin to understand the true value of human life makes up the rest of the story.Filled with memorable characters, as are all Dickens' novels, Hard Times is also the writer's attempt to reveal the dark side of the Industrial Revolution. Dickens was also trying to show that morality and wealth do not necessarily coexist. The overwhelming obsession with scientific temper, the worship of facts, the practical and materialistic ethos that was pervading the country in the Victorian era at the cost of all that was imaginative, humane and spiritual are other things that the writer was deeply concerned with.Hard Times besides being Dickens' shortest work, is devoid of a preface and illustrations unlike all his other books. As a social protest novel, Hard Times also reflects the rapidly changing nature of society in Victorian England. The rise of a newly rich class, arrogant in their power to purchase anything and everything, completely devoid of social graces and the right pedigree was a phenomenon that bewildered many of the older generation. The world was also undergoing great periods of political unrest. Europe was changing and so was America which was then in the grip of the Civl War. Set against this background, Hard Times is a vivid portrayal of the era.Tinged with dark humour and satire, this is indeed a great read for young and old readers!

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Episódios

  • 01 - Book 1, Chapter 01, The One Thing Needful
    01 - Book 1, Chapter 01, The One Thing Needful
    Duração: 04min | 25/10/2017

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  • 02 - Book 1, Chapter 02, Murdering the Innocents
    02 - Book 1, Chapter 02, Murdering the Innocents
    Duração: 15min | 24/10/2017

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  • 03 - Book 1, Chapter 03, A Loophole
    03 - Book 1, Chapter 03, A Loophole
    Duração: 13min | 23/10/2017

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  • 04 - Book 1, Chapter 04, Mr. Bounderby
    04 - Book 1, Chapter 04, Mr. Bounderby
    Duração: 18min | 22/10/2017

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  • 05 - Book 1, Chapter 05, The Keynote
    05 - Book 1, Chapter 05, The Keynote
    Duração: 14min | 21/10/2017

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  • 06 - Book 1, Chapter 06, Slearys Horsemanship
    06 - Book 1, Chapter 06, Sleary's Horsemanship
    Duração: 33min | 20/10/2017

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  • 07 - Book 1, Chapter 07, Mrs. Sparsit
    07 - Book 1, Chapter 07, Mrs. Sparsit
    Duração: 16min | 19/10/2017

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  • 08 - Book 1, Chapter 08, Never Wonder
    08 - Book 1, Chapter 08, Never Wonder
    Duração: 13min | 18/10/2017

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  • 09 - Book 1, Chapter 09, Sissys Progress
    09 - Book 1, Chapter 09, Sissy's Progress
    Duração: 16min | 17/10/2017

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  • 10 - Book 1, Chapter 10, Stephen Blackpool
    10 - Book 1, Chapter 10, Stephen Blackpool
    Duração: 13min | 16/10/2017

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  • 11 - Book 1, Chapter 11, No Way Out
    11 - Book 1, Chapter 11, No Way Out
    Duração: 17min | 15/10/2017

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  • 12 - Book 1, Chapter 12, The Old Woman
    12 - Book 1, Chapter 12, The Old Woman
    Duração: 13min | 14/10/2017

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  • 13 - Book 1, Chapter 13, Rachael
    13 - Book 1, Chapter 13, Rachael
    Duração: 20min | 13/10/2017

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  • 14 - Book 1, Chapter 14, The Great Manufacturer
    14 - Book 1, Chapter 14, The Great Manufacturer
    Duração: 12min | 12/10/2017

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  • 15 - Book 1, Chapter 15, Father and Daughter
    15 - Book 1, Chapter 15, Father and Daughter
    Duração: 19min | 11/10/2017

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  • 16 - Book 1, Chapter 16, Husband and Wife
    16 - Book 1, Chapter 16, Husband and Wife
    Duração: 15min | 10/10/2017

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  • 17 - Book 2, Chapter 01, Effects in the Bank
    17 - Book 2, Chapter 01, Effects in the Bank
    Duração: 34min | 09/10/2017

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  • 18 - Book 2, Chapter 02, Mr. James Harthouse
    18 - Book 2, Chapter 02, Mr. James Harthouse
    Duração: 21min | 08/10/2017

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  • 19 - Book 2, Chapter 03, The Whelp
    19 - Book 2, Chapter 03, The Whelp
    Duração: 12min | 07/10/2017

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  • 20 - Book 2, Chapter 04, Men and Brothers
    20 - Book 2, Chapter 04, Men and Brothers
    Duração: 21min | 06/10/2017

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  • 21 - Book 2, Chapter 05, Men and Masters
    21 - Book 2, Chapter 05, Men and Masters
    Duração: 16min | 05/10/2017

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  • 22 - Book 2, Chapter 06, Fading Away
    22 - Book 2, Chapter 06, Fading Away
    Duração: 30min | 04/10/2017

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  • 23 - Book 2, Chapter 07, Gunpowder
    23 - Book 2, Chapter 07, Gunpowder
    Duração: 31min | 03/10/2017

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  • 24 - Book 2, Chapter 08, Explosion
    24 - Book 2, Chapter 08, Explosion
    Duração: 32min | 02/10/2017

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  • 25 - Book 2, Chapter 09, Hearing the Last of It
    25 - Book 2, Chapter 09, Hearing the Last of It
    Duração: 21min | 01/10/2017

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  • 26 - Book 2, Chapter 10, Mrs. Sparsits Staircase
    26 - Book 2, Chapter 10, Mrs. Sparsit's Staircase
    Duração: 11min | 30/09/2017

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  • 27 - Book 2, Chapter 11, Lower and Lower
    27 - Book 2, Chapter 11, Lower and Lower
    Duração: 23min | 29/09/2017

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  • 28 - Book 2, Chapter 12, Down
    28 - Book 2, Chapter 12, Down
    Duração: 10min | 28/09/2017

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  • 29 - Book 3, Chapter 01, Another Thing Needful
    29 - Book 3, Chapter 01, Another Thing Needful
    Duração: 15min | 27/09/2017

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  • 30 - Book 3, Chapter 02, Very Ridiculous
    30 - Book 3, Chapter 02, Very Ridiculous
    Duração: 22min | 26/09/2017

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  • 31 - Book 3, Chapter 03, Very Decided
    31 - Book 3, Chapter 03, Very Decided
    Duração: 21min | 25/09/2017

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  • 32 - Book 3, Chapter 04, Lost
    32 - Book 3, Chapter 04, Lost
    Duração: 24min | 24/09/2017

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  • 33 - Book 3, Chapter 05, Found
    33 - Book 3, Chapter 05, Found
    Duração: 23min | 23/09/2017

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  • 34 - Book 3, Chapter 06, The Starlight
    34 - Book 3, Chapter 06, The Starlight
    Duração: 26min | 22/09/2017

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  • 35 - Book 3, Chapter 07, Whelp-Hunting
    35 - Book 3, Chapter 07, Whelp-Hunting
    Duração: 29min | 21/09/2017

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  • 36 - Book 3, Chapter 08, Philosophical
    36 - Book 3, Chapter 08, Philosophical
    Duração: 16min | 20/09/2017

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  • 37 - Book 3, Chapter 09, Final
    37 - Book 3, Chapter 09, Final
    Duração: 13min | 19/09/2017

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